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Oh hai!  Yes, tSUNSET CAT-7he Diamondback Cowlone of two cowl patterns in the The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona, vol 1: Lace 1, is the cover pattern for the e-book.

As I noted the on the previous post, I met Kim of Indigodragonfly at Sock Summit 2011.  She is still wonderful and sweet and funny.  She gave me this gorgeous merino silk yarn after I promised NOT  to hug her and squeeze her and call her George.

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SUNSET CAT-109The Cholla Socks, in the The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona, vol 1: Lace 1, are the first of two sock patterns for the entire Wild West Collection (the other is in Cables, coming soon). 

I met Kim of Indigodragonfly at Sock Summit 2011.  She is wonderful and sweet and funny.  Don’t believe me on the latter at least? Take a look at some of her yarn names.

The yarn is a gorgeous semi solid warm green — very cactus-y.  It’s lovely to work with, of course.  I immediately gravitated to it, and promised to hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
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SUNSET CAT-92The Cactus Wren cami is the second garment in The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona, vol 1: Lace 1.  The e-book is available now for preorder through the end of March 24th 2014 for $3 off (Ravelry code LACE1).  Publication date is March 25th 2014.

One of the things that I miss about living in New York or Germany is the fact that you do get winter – and with that, the chance to wear all sorts of wonderful woolens.

Here in Southern California, especially on the coast, we just don’t get too much variation in the weather. Certainly it very rarely gets cold enough to wear the heavily cabled designs I so adore designing.  And to boot, I tend to tolerate cold much better than heat – meaning when it does get a bit colder here, I’m still fine in short sleeves and flip flops.

But this little lace cami is perfect for warm weather.  The Dance Rustic silk is light and breathable; that lightness and airiness is enhanced by the lace stitch patterns, especially the very broad lace back panel.  Although it has waist shaping, it’s intended to be worn with a little bit of ease.

This is one of my favorite garments I’ve made!  It’s easy to wear with jeans or a skirt.  I don’t tend to wear really flouncy skirts, but I think it would look really pretty with a flouncy or lacy skirt and some cowboy boots.

SUNSET CAT-97If you like this pattern, please favorite or queue it on Ravelry!

Here’s the basic pattern info!
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